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Lessons from Shakespeares Tiger Mothers: Parental Authority in Coriolanus and Merchant of Venice

Annalise Acorn1* and Katherine Clackson2

1Department of Law and Ethics, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Canada

2Attia Reeves Tensfeldt, Canada

*Corresponding Author:
Annalise Acorn
Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Canada
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Received Date: March 09, 2016; Accepted Date: March 16, 2016; Published Date: March 23, 2016

Citation: Acorn A, Clackson K (2016) Lessons from Shakespeare’s Tiger Mothers:Parental Authority in Coriolanus and Merchant of Venice. J Civil Legal Sci 5:181. doi:10.4172/2169-0170.1000181

Copyright: © 2016 Acorn A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Shakespeare, as always, is a goldmine. In many of his portrayals of the parent-child relationship Shakespeare explores the extent of the parent’s legitimate authority over the child as well as the legitimacy of parents’ attempts to control and mould their children in the service of family ambition.What Shakespeare’s depiction of Coriolanus shows is that going from submission to tyrannical authority as a child to effective self-rule in adulthood may be impossible. Children habituated to valuing their parent’s external preferences over their own internal ones may not have the capacity to know let alone honour their own truth.


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